A French composer, organist and improviser born April 18, 1930 in Angers, died January 26, 2019 in Paris.
An organist by training, Jean Guillou studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen. He went on to teach the organ and composition, organised master classes around the world, particularly on performance and improvisation at the organ, and was titular organist of the church of Saint-Eustache in Paris from 1963 to 2014.
Georg Friedrich HAAS
An Austrian composer born August 16, 1953 in Graz (Austria).
A pianist by training, Georg Friedrich Haas studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Graz then at that in Vienna, with respectively Gösta Neuwirth and Friedrich Cerha. He completed his training with a summer course at Darmstadt as well as a composition and computer music course at Ircam.
A Swiss composer, oboist and conductor born May 21, 1939 in Langenthal.
A student at the Bern Conservatory, Heinz Holliger was a pupil of Emile Cassagnaud (oboe) and Sandor Veress (composition). Gaining a degree in 1958, he led an international career as an oboist and in parallel followed composition classes with Pierre Boulez in Basel (1961-1963). A virtuoso instrumentalist, he has developed new ways of playing and has been the inspiration for many new works (notably by Elliott Carter, Karlheinz Stockhausen, etc.).
A Japanese composer born January 1st, 1955 in Hiroshima.
Toshio Hosokawa studied the piano, harmony and counterpoint in Japan before becoming a pupil of Isang Yun at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (1976). He completed his training at the Hochschule für Musik in Fribourg in Brisgau (1983-1986) with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough. The founder, in 1989, of a contemporary music festival in Akiyoshidai (Japan), he was then appointed composer in residence with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and then director of the International Music Festival in Takefu and was invited to all the leading festivals of contemporary music in Europe.
A Swiss composer born November 30, 1924 in Bern, died October 2, 2017 in Perugia (Italy).
A violinist by training, Klaus Huber studied composition at the Zurich Conservatory with Willy Burkhard, then in Berlin with Boris Blacher. Having taught the violin at the Zurich Conservatory (1950-1960), he directed successively the composition classes of the Musikakademie in Basel and of the Musikhochschule in Fribourg-in-Brisgau.
Pierre Alain JAFFRENNOU
Composer, set designer and film and musical show director, born in 1939 in Besançon.
With a diploma in the sciences (maths, terrestrial physics, etc.), Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou studied at the Conservatoire de Besançon, as well as th Paris Conservatory in the electro-acoustic class of Pierre Schaeffer.
A French composer born August 4, 1966 in Dijon.
A violinist, Frédéric Kahn studied at the Dijon Conservatory and the University of Bourgogne. He studied composition at the Lyons Regional Conservatory with Denis Dufour then at the higher Lyons Conservatory with Gilbert Amy. He completed his training with masterclasses at Royaumont, the Centre Acanthes and the computer music course at Ircam.
A French composer, producer and stage director born May 27, 1940 in Andlau.
René Koering studied the piano and the oboe in Strasburg, before, on the advice of Pierre Boulez in 1960, going to Darmstadt to study with Bruno Maderna.
A German and Swiss composer born January 1st, 1960.
Hanspeter Kyburz studied composition with Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Gösta Neuwirth in Graz and then at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin (1982-1990) with Gösta Neuwirth and Frank Michael Beyer, before taking advanced classes with Hans Zender in Frankfurt (1990-1993).
A French composer, bassist and improviser born September 12, 1951 in Aix-en-Provence.
Joëlle Léandre studied the double bass with Pierre Delescluse in Aix en Provence before taking advanced classes at the Paris Conservatory. She was greatly inspired by concerts of free jazz and continued her musical discoveries in the USA after having received a bursary from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts of Buffalo (1976). She steeped herself in Afro-American and minimalist music, and met Fred Hopkins, Leroy Jenkins, Butch Morris and John Cage. She is also a laureate of the Villa Medici ‘fuori-i-muri’ (1981), the DAAD of Berlin (1990) and the Villa Kujoyama of Kyoto (1998).